The 1000 acre park on the banks of the river Derwent was chiefly designed by Lancelot 'Capability' Brown in the 1760s. Today the park contains historic and modern architecture and art including James Paine's bridges and mill, Queen Mary's Bower and horse jumps from the Chatsworth International Horse Trials. Stand Wood provides an impressive backdrop for the house, and contains an interesting diversity of trees and wildlife.
Celebrate the tercentenary of Lancelot ‘Capability’ Brown in 2016 and explore the landscape or join us for a ‘Capability’ Brown talk and tour.
- You are welcome to walk, picnic and play in the park and Stand Wood for free. Parking fees do apply. Take a look at a couple of suggested walks.
- Dogs are welcome but must be on leads as they can endanger the sheep and other grazing animals as well as themselves. They can also devastate wildlife in the park and the woods.
- The grass you walk on is a crop grazed by sheep, cattle and deer; the river provides fish and the woods game and timber. We ask you to respect this by leaving this beautiful place as you found it.
- Please take litter home as it can harm sheep, cattle and wildlife.
- Please ensure that you close all gates after use. Only cross walls and fences where there are stiles.
- Fires and barbecues are forbidden under all circumstances.
- The river has undercurrents and underwater obstacles which can be dangerous. No swimming allowed.
- When events are held in the park access may be restricted in some areas.
- Bicycles are only allowed on the public road (B6012) through the park and a bridle path from Calton Lees to Edensor.
- Footpaths across the moor, east of Stand Wood, are open for most of the year. Daylight hours. No charge.
- With the exception of one public footpath leading up to the Hunting Tower, the footpaths in Stand Wood are all permissive footpaths. The Directors of the Chatsworth House Trust reserve the right to close them occasionally.
- In the interest of public safety the Trustees of the Chatsworth Settlement and Chatsworth House Trust will close the concessionary footpaths in Chatsworth Park and the surrounding woodland during the period of the Chatsworth Country Fair.
Wheelchair access is limited due to the terrain of the park. Find out more about accessibility at Chatsworth.